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innoculants for nitogen-fixers?

 
Brenda Groth
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I have read for years that you should use innoculant on peas and beans in order to cause better nitrogen action..do any of you use innoculant? I bought it for the first time this year and have put it on the pea rows..beans are not yet in in this frigid northland (Michigan) we don't put beans in for another couple of weeks here...but the innoculant will go on that too..it is an organic compound.
 
Dave Boehnlein
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Brenda,

If you have healthy garden soil and you practice crop rotation you shouldn't need inoculant. The inoculant is basically rhizobial bacteria that should be present in healthy soil already. However, if your starting a new garden bed or you have a bed that is pretty beat, the inoculant may help to make sure the legumes find their bacterial partners.

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yeah this was a new bed basically was nearly all sand and pebbles..it is where there was a patio around the greenhouse..we took up the patio and pulled out the weeds..added some nutrients but basically the soil was pretty basically fill dirt..to begin with this year..

we decided the patio was just not sensible..so we removed it..it was taking up a lot of soil right in zone 1 about 2 feet from our back steps..literally.
Here is a picture last month:
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and here is a picture this week:
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I already have peas, lettuce and herbs up and on the other side of the greenhouse more peas and cauliflower..today I noticed that the cabbage seed and dill has sprouted..some of the lettuces that I started early are ready to pick for a salad this week..there is corn salad growing, onions, lots of herbs (sage, parsley, dill, rosemary, mints, lemon balm, etc.) and then because it is close to the bird feeder tons of suflower seeds sproting.

the first picture was the day ron fell into the pond off the ladder, so those are his pondy clothes dripping dry over the porch railing..that porch is a shade porch that we are enclosing with glass and plexiglass..sliding doors salvaged from 2 houses are up so far..one set slides..one fixed..will finish this year..north side of the house by our kitchen slider.

greenhouse sits on our septic tank to give HEAT to the greenhouse in the spring and fall..behind where the "lawn" is..is the top of the raised drainfield ..4' high from the ground level..there area beds all the way around the drainfield but not visible in the photo shot
 
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